(CNN) - The already-contentious North Carolina Senate race took a brutal turn Wednesday after incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole released a television ad suggesting challenger Kay Hagan is "Godless."
“A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan,” the 30-second ad says before showing clips from members of the group declaring God and Jesus do not exist.
“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money,” the ad's narrator also says. “What did Kay Hagan promise in return?”
Watch: Dole hits airwaves with 'Godless' ad
The ad ends with an unidentified female voice declaring, "There is no God."
The Dole campaign says it's basing its charge on Hagan's attendance at a fundraiser that was in the home of an advisor to the Godless Americans’ political action committee, a group that promotes rights for atheists.
In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Hagan said she has never heard of the Godless PAC "before Lydie Dole sent out a press release on this," and said the fundraiser in question had more than 40 hosts, including Sen. John Kerry. She also said she has contacted her lawyers to issue a cease-and-desist order on the commercial.
"I am absolutely appalled at Elizabeth Dole's vile tactics," Hagan said. “This is politics of the worst kind, and I know it has been rejected by North Carolinians at every level. It is so unbecoming of a woman like Elizabeth Dole. This is a fabricated, pathetic ad."
Hagan went on to strongly defend her faith: "I am a Sunday school teacher, I am an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, my family has been going to this church for over 100 years, I have raised my children there. I have been involved in youth missions."
A National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman defended the ad.
"Kay Hagan recently attended a fundraiser held in the home of a founding member of the Godless Americans PAC," Online Communications Director John Randall said. "Now Hagan believes it is unfair to associate her with the group even though the soiree raised her thousands of dollars in campaign cash. I guess money is more important to Hagan than principles."
Recent polls suggest Hagan - a Democratic state senator from Greensboro who began the race at a major money disadvantage to Dole - is now leading the incumbent slightly with only days remaining before Election Day.
Shame on YOU Mrs. Dole. How low can a person go ? The whole Republican Party has lost Respect.
I no longer understand how regular Republicans can in good conscience support the horrible tactics that some Republicans use to win. I just dont get it, you know we can disagree about the issues but dont these horrible, untrue, dirty, guilt by six degrees of seperation ads make Republicans cringe that at this kind of dishonor exhibited by Dole???!!?? How I just dont get why you would still support someone with these kinds of win by any means character flaws.
This tact will work in North Carolina's rural areas.
My daughter lives in the area and she, her family, and friends are dumber than mud and she believes everything shoveled at her. She'll preach this to the rafters if it reaches her ears.
Her mother and I are blessed that she dosen't live closer.
Typical Republican tactics. When they've got nothing else to say, they just attack. Said it before, say it again, if you're for a party that's all about "BORROW and SPEND", then the R is your ticket.
I think its sad that the strong Christian right makes everyone who doesn't agree with their views into Anti-Americian, Godless Socialists...
Attacking someone's person who disagrees with your opinion wasn't okay in kindergarten and definitely isn't ok now.
The Republicans obviously don't appreciate any voter other than the right-wing conservative Christian. I am a Protestant, and I am tired of McCain and Palin making me feel like I am a leftist, , or an anti-American.
Our forefathers had the forethought to build our nation with a division between church and state, and that should continue!
Why any non-Christian, or for that matter any non-evangelical Christian, would support the Republican party with their vote is beyond me!
These so-called christians are ruining this country spewing their lies, hate and bile.
That old woman Elizabeth Dole will do anything just to win this election.
Elizabeth Dole is HORRIBLE!
Dole has committed a despicable act.
She has attacked the integrity of the Presbyterian Church, as well as Hagan. These are exactly the same tactics McCain has been trying against Obama.
This is truly amazing, I always thought that Republican where good, church going christians. I am so ashamed of how people have been acting, just because some of us may be Democrats does not mean that we do not believe in God or go to church. They are not acting very Christian like by going around spreading rumors, trash talking and some are down right nasty. I am very ashamed, thou shall not cast stones. Each one should take a good long look in the mirror before they start saying such stupid remarks. May God show pity on them.
Meeting with Atheists is inappropriate??????
This just shows us how extremely desperate the Republican party actually is. It's typical of the Republicans to run negative ads when they're trailing in the polls.
So now Republicans are trying to scare voters into thinking Democrats are going to basically kill God?
Who is really falling for this ridiculous stuff?
Nice work Dole. This goes to prove my point about some Christians. You don't act in a way that Jesus would. You rather judge others, make sure that the richest people get more money, don't help those in need.
But, you'll go to church on Sunday and *think* your being a good Christian. Why don't you try *practicing* your religion for a change instead of just talking about it.
Remember, the church killed Christ.
Now the republicians have gone to far, and God is Not Pleased
Enough is enough
Who gave the republicans a mandate on God and Christianity, I Guarantee there are more democrats who actually Know God , and know him as the True and Living God, then republicains do..
So please leave God out of you hatred filled messes...PLEZZZZEEE!
Republicans have no shame. They try to win at any cost. They Lie, cheat, and lie some more, and those that don't jsut sit idley by without standing up to their party. They need to all go!!
These Republicans need to read their Bible. I'll Pray for them.
Why is it always those who profess to KNOW or LOVE GOD more than anyone else – who are the ones who are the most negative, hateful, and disgraceful people?
Very Christian of you Ms. Dole!
A junior senator, who had only 142 days of experience in Senate when he declared his candidacy, who supported domestic terrorists and organizations like Acorn, declared 'socialism' through 'spreading the wealth around', supports infanticide and wants to have dinner with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro is going to be the president of United Sates?
Are you kidding?
President Barack HUSSEIN Obama?
If we have a brain in our head, vote McCain!
She was a tramp who became a US Senator. That should tell people somehting about her. She stole Dole away from his wife, who by the way helped Dole get elected to congress when he was a disabled veterans. she made his clothes to hide his disability and that is how he pays her back. As Jesus said, "Many are called but FEW are chosen." They might think they are the chosen but God is the decisioner maker on that score.
The reason Obama is winning is because people couldn't take the 2 spoiled blonde wives of McCain and Romney. They thought blonde women suck.
Wow. I'm not surprised by many of the desperate, gutter-rat level tactics of the GOP these days... but I really thought Elizabeth Dole was a respectable and decent person. This was honestly shocking to me. And just downright vile. I hope she and Michele Bachmann both get whalloped on Tues for pandering to extremist right wing bigotry and ignorance.
ahahah... It's really funny these people coming to the defense of God. Do you think the just dumped all the people that existed before any God was known and all the others that worship other Gods ort none throughout the times?
Grow up... and on the way learn to behave like real christians.
That is an absolute new low for the Republican party. The politics of division and hate has to stop and stop now before this country tears itself apart.